1. Prudent progress in the Welsh NHS

    (Guest blogger)
    29 Jul 2015
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    The most common criticism of the NHS in Wales, even from its most loyal advocates, is that it seems almost incapable of change at sufficient pace and scale. ‘Lovely policy and strategy - shame it didn’t happen’ seems to be the common lament. This cannot continue, argues Marcus Longley in this blog: the issues facing the Welsh health service need a fast response.

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  2. Will Scotland stop the squeeze on pay again?

    (Guest blogger)
    23 Jul 2015
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    Professor James Buchan, Adjunct Professor, at the WHO Collaborating Centre, ponders whether Scotland can continue to defy Westminster by protecting staff pay increments in the Scottish NHS. 

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  3. Time for tough decisions: Northern Ireland’s great health challenge

    (Guest blogger)
    23 Jun 2015
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    Hugh McCaughey, Chief Executive of the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust in Northern Ireland blogs about the great health challenges facing the country, and examines the options. 

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  4. Health spending across the UK nations: Who decides how much?

    10 Apr 2015
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    What is the truth about where decisions in funding are taken, and what difference could the election make? Mark Dayan looks at the facts. 

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  5. Fact or fiction? Politicians make a difference to health system performance

    2 Apr 2015
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    As the longest election campaign in living memory moves into its closing stages, the main political parties are working harder than ever to emphasise the differences between themselves and their competitors. This is especially noticeable when it comes to the NHS, which has been one of the key battlegrounds of this election. But does the choice of political party really make that much of a difference to health system performance?

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  6. ‘Devo Manc’: Small steps, great leaps

    5 Mar 2015
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    The bold proposals to transfer responsibility for Greater Manchester’s health and social care needs to accountable bodies in the region were the talk of our annual Health Policy Summit.

    This reflected two very contrasting themes that were evident at the Summit. At one end of the spectrum, there was a focus on micro-level improvements that have the potential to add up to major change. At the other end, were discussions of big structural changes needed within the NHS.

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  7. Fact or Fiction? The Welsh NHS performs poorly compared to the English NHS

    5 Feb 2015
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    Claims about the Welsh NHS fly back and forth between politicians in Westminster and Cardiff Bay: Labour politicians can barely appear on national media without being questioned about their record running the NHS in Wales and Welsh NHS staff and patients find themselves at the centre of a fierce debate almost every week at Prime Minister’s Questions.

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  8. A borderline debate

    24 Nov 2014
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    Cross-border health arrangements between England and Wales are a relatively niche administrative issue. Yet such is the level of debate about the NHS that the number of patients who are resident in Wales but use English health services recently blew up into a front page spat between the Daily Mail and the Welsh Government.

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  9. The £billion question: funding the Welsh NHS for the future

    17 Jun 2014
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    If the next two years look tough for NHS Wales finances, the long-term could be dire – and not just for the health service.

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